Saturday, February 14, 2009

i heart eggs (and they heart you)

New research from the University of Surrey in the UK shows that eating two eggs a day has very little impact on cholesterol which means little (if any) impact on cardiovascular disease. The study showed "people who ate two eggs per day, while on a calorie-restricted diet, not only lost weight but also reduced their blood cholesterol levels."

This is great news for folks like us, producing our own eggs in our own backyards. Why? We're producing some of the most nutritionally dense foods out there, and eggs are the perfect protein. Says Men's Health magazine:
How they build muscle: Not from being hurled by the dozen at your boss's house. The protein in eggs has the highest biological value—a measure of how well it supports your body's protein needs—of any food, including our beloved beef. "Calorie for calorie, you need less protein from eggs than you do from other sources to achieve the same muscle-building benefits."

But you have to eat the yolk. In addition to protein, it also contains vitamin B12, which is necessary for fat breakdown and muscle contraction. (And no, eating a few eggs a day won't increase your risk of heart disease.)

How they keep you healthy: Eggs are vitamins and minerals over easy; they're packed with riboflavin, folate, vitamins B6, B12, D, and E, and iron, phosphorus, and zinc.

Our two chooks are back in full production again after the molting season, so it's good to know I can enjoy our dozen eggs a week without concern for my cholesterol.

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